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hill 120Hill 120 is located in Dulag, Leyte which is 34 km. from Tacloban City. Commonly called Catmon Hill, this is where the first American flag was raised by the Liberation Forces of the U.S. Army on October 20, 1944 after the Fall of Bataan. Battle sites of Leyte Valley can also be found here. You can get a panoramic view of Leyte Gulf and surrounding coastal towns; a landscaped garden with tropical flowers and shrubs; benches, concrete tables with canopy; restroom, open-air stage where memorial programs are held.

There is a large helmet shaped monument to the 96th Infantry Division, and the other American units at the top of the hill. The hill top has a lookout tower and a commanding view over the Leyte Gulf to the east.

hill 120You’ll find a smaller Japanese commemorative plaque memorial located at the base of the hill dedicated to the Filipinos, Japanese and Americans who died in the fighting and for world peace and friendship forever afterward. It was devoted on January 8, 2003 by Mr. Sasaki Tatsuo, Akita City and Mr. Nagamine Katsuro Nagano Ken, Japan. Located next to the Japanese memorial at the base of the hill is the simple grave to an unknown American soldier.